LifeFlight medical director gains national recognition

Feb 05, 2014
LifeFlight Foundation staff congratulate LifeFlight Medical Director Norm Dinerman, MD on his recent lifetime achievement award. From left, Dan Bookham, Foundation Board Chair; Dinerman; Amy Root, Director of Development; and Thomas Judge, LifeFlight Executive Director.

Tucson, Ariz. — Norm Dinerman, MD, emergency physician at Eastern Maine Medical Center and founding medical director for LifeFlight of Maine, was recognized recently for his tireless work to improve pre-hospital care over many years.

At its annual meeting in January, the National Association of EMS Physicians recognized Dr. Dinerman with the Ronald D. Stewart Award, the most significant honor among EMS physicians, akin to a lifetime achievement award. The award is given out annually to a person who has made a lasting, major contribution to the EMS community in the US and Canada.

“It remains an honor to have witnessed and participated in the arc of evolution of EMS as it becomes an acknowledged sub-specialty of emergency medicine in this very year,” said Dr. Dinerman in a news release. “To the extent that I have been accorded the opportunity to contribute in some small measure to its growth and maturation is a blessing. I am humbled by this affirmation by my colleagues that my professional journey remains contributory, and is of purpose.”

Responses from the EMS community across the state are in resounding harmony and mirror the comments of LifeFlight Executive Director Thomas Judge, “Norm was one of the original architects of LifeFlight and his passion, expertise and knowledge are literally at the very heart of all we do each day. While patients depend on the best technology and the skills, quality and performance of our teams, Norm reminds us also ‘if our face is the last countenance a patient will see, and our hands the last touch that they will feel, we must be worthy of their trust.’ The gift of trust is the soul of medicine and requires a commitment to unparalleled excellence. High tech, yes, but high touch in equal measure.”

Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, CEO at Eastern Maine Medical Center, adds, “The rest of the world has recognized what we already know. Norm Dinerman is a treasure and we are lucky to have him here. We are grateful for his many contributions to EMMC, to EMS and to emergency medical care across the state and our country.”

Dr. Dinerman serves many roles at Eastern Maine Medical Center, including emergency medicine physician, medical director of EMMC’s Transfer Center, and medical director of LifeFlight of Maine. Dr. Dinerman’s career at EMMC has spanned more than 25 years. This is not his first national recognition. In 2012 he was named the Air Medical Physician Association’s Medical Director of the Year.

The National Association of EMS Physicians recognized Dr. Dinerman for his work at EMMC, LifeFlight, Maine EMS, and Denver General Hospital, along with his role as a founder of NAEMSP and the National EMS Medical Directors Course.

The Ronald D. Stewart Award was named for Dr. Ronald Stewart, a Canadian physician who was the founder of modern EMS in the United States.

For more information about LifeFlight, please visit lifeflightmaine.org or call 230-7092.

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